Kelp was a type of large algae native to the seas of Earth, which grew in kelp forests. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Kelp buds were eaten as food. (TNG: "The Wounded") Kelp was cultivated in kelp farms, such as on Beta Tottoro IV. (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits")

A plant closely resembling kelp was also farmed by the Kelpiens of Kaminar. (ST: "The Brightest Star")

When improvising a speech to delay Thopok in 2373, Quark spoke the line: "To this end my blade soars! Through the aquarium of my soul, seeking the kelp of discontent which must be cut so that the rocky bottom of love lie in waiting with fertile sand for the coming seed of Grilka's affection. (DS9: "Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places")

Cetacean Institute logo
The Cetacean Institute logo is in actuality the logo of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which depicts the tip of a giant kelp plant. [1]

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